Jay N. Jaffee American (1921-1999) the quest for meaning-for the communicable truth before his lens-has been part of a search for self-identity. He is an auto biographical photographer, recording images of his ambient city and beyond, probing what has moved him. Possibly in consequence, his photographs are free and unmannered, unconstrained by program or attitude. They suggest a reaching out, and they invite us likewise to see and to question with an innocent eye. Jaffee manages with apparent ease man and landscape, architecture and seascape, the intimate and the abstract, the momentary and the timeless.
– Gene Baro, Curator of The Inward Image The Brooklyn Museum, 1981